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Love & Hate in Cabot Cove 

Jessica returns to Cabot Cove to discover why her accountant is not paying her bills.

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Jessica Fletcher
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Lou Keramides
Matthew Flint ...
Dep. Ethan Loomis
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Sam Bennett
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Deputy Andy Broom
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Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
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Irene Macinoy
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Chad Macinoy
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Candace Bennett
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Dr. Seth Hazlitt
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Laura Bennett
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Sheriff Mort Metzger is shot at by an unknown in his office, but not hurt. Jessica came home for the annual rummage sale she's in charge of this time, but her New York accountant warned her financial situation requires an audit and local accountant Sam Bennett didn't even answer- he's gambling at Lou Keramides' clandestine casino; the sheriff gets the judge to sign a search-warrant for his restaurant, where Jessica and Dr. Seth Hazlitt insist to talk to him but a tip-off allowed him to clean it in time, again. Deputy Ethan Loomis has an affair with Sam's in-living daughter Candace Bennett and is surprised by Sam in his patrol car. Mort shows Jessica anonymous threatening letters telling him to return to New York. Dr. Seth Hazlitt found his quarterly mutual fund purchases were neglected by Sam, whose wife Laura also learns about the complaints. Ethan gets paid for tipping off Keramides. College drop-out Chad Macinoy, the son of local gazette editor Irene Macinoy, is back in town from ... Written by KGF Vissers

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28 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Impossible to hate this episode
12 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

"Love and Hate in Cabot Cove" to me is easily one of the best Season 10 episodes. Really liked it and almost loved it, would have done if Andy still wasn't so underwritten and that the rest of the characters weren't so easy on Sam so soon considering how serious his mistakes are here (some people would realistically find them almost unforgivable or find themselves eventually coming round). "Love and Hate in Cabot Cove" has a lot going for it though, with an always engaging mystery that keeps us guessing to the end.

The pretty fun gambling subplot actually does not distract and gives dimension to the story. Season 10 has been very hit and miss with its endings, with as far as previous episodes go "The Phantom Killer" and "Bloodlines" really disappointing in this regard. "Love and Hate in Cabot Cove" luckily has a denouement that is one of the cleverest (didn't guess the murderer at all and the how aspect was very clever, the motive was a little too obvious) and best-acted ones of the season.

Angela Lansbury is terrific as always, as are curmudgeonly William Windom and Ron Masak whose Mort is so much more than the typical sheriff cliché. The charm and tension in the rapport between Jessica and Mort always delights, still does.

Richard Beymer, Carrie Snodgrass and Wings Hauser give excellent support, especially Beymer.

Production values are slick, stylish and suitably cosy. Cabot Cove is always a welcome sight. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

Writing is thoughtful and amiable.

Overall, very good episode that is impossible to hate and one that came very close to being loved by me. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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